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Not just for special characters
Authored by: everkleer80 on Feb 18, '11 01:00:31PM

A few months ago, I spilled some water (yes, just water) on my keyboard and two of my keys died: the Mute/F7 key and the 0/) key. Fortunately I never use mute or F7, and I can easily use the numpad for 0 (although I still haven't trained my brain to instinctively use that), so the only thing I can't type is ). For a while I just clicked the key in the keyboard viewer (accessible from the input menu), but I searched and searched for a [graphical] way to remap keys. Finally I found Ukelete and, although its not simple and there was a bit of a learning curve, it ended up working great for me! I just remapped the ) character to Opt-Shift-9 (though I think I may change it to shift-dash(-) since that seems a bit more intuitive and I use the right paren a bit more often than I use underscore.) I meant to post a hint like this for a while and never got around to it. Thanks for doing it for me!



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Not just for special characters
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Feb 19, '11 12:57:51PM

I do the same thing! I use the option key to access greek letters in my layout, and while I do use LaTeX for typesetting things, there are still MANY times when it is not practical and entering unicode symbols makes more sense. For instance in typing in a discussion forum I can quickly type ∇Φ=0 or ∫r(θ)dθ=π or whatever without needing plugins, or extra steps to render and upload images. I can also include symbols in plain text documents such as emails.



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